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Mentor List: USA - Maine

Updated: 24 January 2015

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Name: Bruce Akers
Hometown: Limington, ME
Will mentor by: e-mail, phone and in person
Will mentor in: distance, recreation and general
Email: akersbruce@gmail.com
Phone: 207-298-0817
Experience: I have 20 years of dog sledding experience. I enjoy giving dog sled rides to the public. I use traditional huskies, sleds and methods.


Name: Julia Bayly
Hometown:
Fort Kent, ME
Will mentor by:
e-mail and phone
Will mentor in:
recreation
E-mail address:
juliebayly@hotmail.com
Phone: 207 834-5272
Experience:
Five years running Siberians and Alaskans. No racing, but plenty of recreational mushing.


Name: Len & Melissa Daigneault
Hometown:
Waterboro, ME
Will mentor by:
e-mail, phone and in person
Will mentor in:
distance, recreation and general
E-mail address:
lmdaig@yahoo.com
Phone: (207) 247-5167
Experience:
We have been training & racing Siberian Huskies for 7 years. Len has competed in 4-dog, 6-dog & 8-dog sprint classes as well as 6-dog 30 mile races.


Name: Tenley Meara
Hometown:
Topsham, ME
Will mentor by:
e-mail, phone and in person
Will mentor in:
distance, recreation and general
E-mail address:
info@crowfliesguideservice.com
Phone: (207) 725-2738
Experience:
I have nine years of experience racing Alaskan huskies. I started out racing and recreationally mushing with four German shorthaired pointers and soon learned that dog sledding was my passion. I "graduated" to racing 6-dog teams and started acquiring Alaskan huskies. I've been racing mid distance (30 and 60 mile races) for the past five years and operate a racing and touring kennel of 12 Alaskan huskies..

I was fortunate when I got started to have a mentor (Paul Therriault, ME) with whom I trained regularly. I learned more from Paul in two years than I could have learned on my own in ten. Over the years we have bounced ideas off one another and developed training and racing strategies that have benefited us both. I would like to pass along my knowledge to others in hopes of inspiring them as I was inspired by Paul's enthusiasm for the dog sledding. I look forward to helping any one interested in getting started or those wanting to try sprint or mid distance racing. Of course, working with folks individually, with their team or mine, is what I prefer because I enjoy teaching "experientially." Although I also welcome email or phone calls.


Name: Kathy or Grey Pickett
Hometown:
Oxford, ME
Will mentor by:
e-mail, phone and in person
Will mentor in:
skijoring, sprint and general
E-mail address:
nooksack@verizon.net
Phone: 207-539-4324
Experience:
Have been running sprint races since 1978 and managing races for DESDC since then. Grey ran 6 dog, 8 dog and unlimited until health problems caused him to give up racing in 1995. He also ran 30-100 milers for several seasons in late 70's and early 80's. Our daughter, Sara Vanderwood, started racing at 6, raced all through school, went to University of Alaska-Fairbanks on cross country ski scholarship, worked at Dog Mushing Museum in Fairbanks for 3 summers and occasionally helped out at Bill Taylor's kennel. She skijored up there and came home in 1995 with boyfriend ( now husband, Marc Vanderwood ) to help run the kennel and become a skijoring evangelist. She and Marc race 2 dog skijoring and Sara races a 6 dog pro team in New England.  I race 4 dog pro and have been since 1990.  I am race Marshall for all DESDC races and Grey is chief judge. He has also been trail boss and lays out a great trail. We started in 1976 with one Siberian and very quickly lost control and within several years had up to 50 dogs. We switched to all Alaskans in 1984 when Sara wanted to be more competitive. Most of our dogs are Gareth Wright lines based on Rusty or Taylor lines based on Killer. As a side bar we have owned and operated Nooksack Racing Supply since 1977.


Name: David Punch
Hometown:
Kingsbury Plantation, ME
Will mentor by:
e-mail and in person
Will mentor in:
distance and recreation
E-mail address:
treemandp@yahoo.com
Experience: : I have 10 years experience racing in mid-distance. I have run the CanAm 30 and 60 mile races for the last 8 years.


Name: Bear Siragusa
Hometown:
Stow, ME
Will mentor by:
e-mail, phone and in person
Will mentor in:
recreation, sprint and general
E-mail address:
Beardog697@yahoo.com
Phone:
207-697-2154
Experience:
I have 7 years mushing experience, mostly Mid-distance and recreation, with growing sprint experience. I train and run Alaskan Huskies.


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